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3 Myths about “Tax Reform”

How both Left and Right get it wrong

JANUARY 28, 2015 by ROBERT P. MURPHY

Liberals and conservatives alike fall for the three biggest taxation myths.

Dumbing Down the World

More compulsory schooling can mean less education for children in developing nations

JANUARY 27, 2015 by MIKE REID

The United Nations wants to get the world's children into government-approved classrooms, apparently regardless of what happens there.

The Pursuit of Profit Is Pro-Social

A value-creating business is “social” whether it pursues an explicit social agenda or not

JANUARY 21, 2015 by MATTHEW MCCAFFREY

The market is an elaborate network of voluntary exchanges in which buyers and sellers constantly make each other better off. In that sense, all value-generating businesses are "social" enterprises.

You’ll Never Guess Who’s Trying to Hack Your iPhone

Hint: It rhymes with Eff Bee Eye

JANUARY 20, 2015 by NICOLE KARDELL

The FBI wants direct access to your electronic life, in direct contravention of the Fourth Amendment.

The Crowding-Out Tipping Point

Increasing economic growth means shrinking government

JANUARY 19, 2015 by JAMES A. DORN

Bigger government means slower economic growth. Has the United States reached the tipping point for economic decline?

Hasta La Victoria Siempre

Reflections on Cuba in a time of change

JANUARY 15, 2015 by MICHAEL MUNGER

Cuba is still waiting for victory. Recent events prompt reflections from a professor who has seen it all firsthand, and maybe even met folks who will see the country to better times.

In Defense of Uber’s Surge Pricing

Making the best of a bad situation

JANUARY 14, 2015 by ROBERT P. MURPHY

Complaints against surge pricing are actually laments against the cosmic fact of scarcity. Surge pricing makes the best of a bad situation.

There’s No Such Thing as an Unregulated Market

It’s a choice between regulation by legislators or by consumers

JANUARY 14, 2015 by HOWARD BAETJER JR.

Government regulation is not the only kind of regulation; market forces also regulate. Recognizing this, communicating it to others, and getting the awareness into public discourse are key steps toward greater economic liberty.

All Hail the Tumbling Price of Gas

The people against the powerful at the pump

JANUARY 13, 2015 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

The price of gas is evidence of an emergent, not a designed, order.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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